from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Small horizontal platforms or projections on the outside of a narrow vessel, situated abreast of the respective masts and designed to give a greater spread to the lower rigging by having the upper part of the chain-plates secured to the outside rim of the channel.
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At half-past twelve at noon, when the people were at dinner, a young lad was washed out of the lee fore-channels.
_Vengeur_, in consequence of the latter shooting ahead and filling up the intervening space, she ran foul of the _Vengeur_, her own starboard anchors hooking on the Frenchman's larboard foreshrouds and fore-channels.
One man only lived to tell the tale; it was his watch, and he grappled our fore-channels.
After dark I took my station in the fore-channels.
I succeeded in hauling myself up to windward, and in getting into the schooner's fore-channels.
The sea, striking on the fore-channels, was thrown aft with violence over the quarter-deck and waist of the ship, as she laboured through the agitated sea.
The former jumped overboard from the fore-channels with the latter, who was only seven years of age at the time, on his back, and swam to the Frenchman’s foremast, which was floating at a short distance, having been shot away by the English frigate.